EDMOND — Running back Josh Birmingham scored four touchdowns in his final home game as Central Oklahoma earned its first victory of the season by beating Lincoln (Mo.) 49-42 on Saturday at Wantland Stadium.
Birmingham carried 29 times for 130 yards, including touchdown runs of 14, 11, 16 and 4 yards. With two games left in the season, he is 386 yards shy of the school's career rushing record.
Birmingham was one of 10 seniors playing for the final time at Wantland.
“We're proud of the seniors,” UCO coach Nick Bobeck said. “They've worked hard their entire careers, and there's nothing better than sending them off on a high note in their final home game. We'll let them soak it in and continue working next week.”
The Bronchos (1-7) controlled the game early, opening up a two-score lead after the first six minutes. Birmingham rushed 13 times for 75 yards and two touchdowns in the first half, including a 14-yard score to cap UCO's first drive.
The Bronchos extended their lead early in the second quarter. Marquez Clark, who broke the school's record for most all-purpose yards in one season, opened the lead up with an 85-yard punt return. Clark caught nine passes for 165 yards and finished with 284 all-purpose yards on the day.
The Blue Tigers answered before halftime with a 14-yard touchdown pass from Jacob Morris to Andre Borney and a 76-yard touchdown run by Morris Henderson. Birmingham scored his second touchdown late in the quarter, and UCO entered halftime with a 30-21 lead.